Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend Young Adult (and Crossover) Book News

Welcome to this week's Weekend (and Crossover) News.  You'll find a few interviews, Between Shades of Gray, and Alex Rider.

Alexandra Alter talks to Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) for the Wall Street Journal.  ("Early hype suggests the novel may resonate equally with adults and teens. The book has already sold in 23 countries, and 16 of the foreign publishers will release it as an adult novel. In Britain, Penguin U.K. will publish two versions—adult and "YA"—with separate covers and marketing campaigns. In the U.S., Penguin is featuring the book in both its adult and young adult catalogs, and has been promoting it with adult book clubs.")

You can find two reviews of Between Shades of Gray in last week's Weekend Reviews post.

Some TV-book news from Variety: "Nickelodeon has optioned the rights to Sara Mlynowski's Magic in Manhattan series."

Diana Wynne Jones's obituary in The New York Times. (And, in The Guardian.)

Karen MacPherson talks to Anthony Horowitz on the release of his final Alex Rider novel Scorpia Rising for Scripps News Service.

And, don't mis Horowitz's own "Why am I killing off my hero? It's elementary, of course" in the Daily Mail.

Tarra Gaines speaks with Rebecca Stead for CultureMap.Houston.

Did you know Waterstones did not have teen sections?  Well, now they will.

Kurt Rabin interviews Steve Watkins about his new YA novel What Comes After for (The Free Lance-Star).

Eric Volmers talks with author Cathy Ostlere, whose YA novel Karma is out this month in the US and Canada, for The Calgary Herald.